Structural engineering projects are complex, with stringent requirements for quality and safety for the people who will be using the structures. That’s why a contract for a project requiring structural engineering services has to be not only detailed, but clear and accurate.
Here are just a few of the elements you should make sure are part of your contract for structural engineering services.
You already know the fundamentals that are included in any contract for service: the nature of the service, timelines and costs. The contract must include key details, with specific, concrete language that makes the entire project clear to all parties involved.
When it comes to structural engineering, there are key details to look for.
While it seems elementary, costing should be as detailed as possible in a structural engineering contract. It should include details on every material, service, sub-contract, consultant, assembly and other element required for the structural engineering project.
The contract should address the dates for project milestones and when payments are due, penalties for late payment including interest and collection costs, and clear language setting out the conditions that would justify the client withholding or delaying payment.
The basics should also include:
A complete contract for an engineering consulting firm should also have provisions for the following.
At McNeil Engineering, we see structural engineering contracts, and all agreements with clients, as our commitment. That’s why we are careful to ensure that the language is clear and complete. It’s our word to you.